ANTA Sports Pledges Support to Chinese Sports Delegation in Upcoming East Asian Games
Unveils ANTA-designed Official Sportswear for Chinese athletes in the Games, World No.1 Table-Tennis Player Wang Hao Plays against School Champions
(Hong Kong, 1 December 2009) ANTA Sports Products Limited (“ANTA Sports” or the "Company", stock code: 2020), a leading branded sportswear enterprise in China, kicked off the “Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games Chinese Sports Delegation Sportswear Show” in Hong Kong today. The event’s theme was “Support China Altogether”. During the event, Chinese Olympic Committee (“COC”) Secretary General, Mr. Song Luzeng, joined ANTA Sports management in offering their best wishes to Chinese and Hong Kong athletes in their performance in the upcoming East Asian Games (“EAG”). ANTA-designed official sportswear to be worn by the Chinese Sports Delegation (“CSD”) in the EAG was also unveiled in the event. What’s more, in a further demonstration of the Company’s commitment to promoting sport among the younger generation, ANTA Sports’ endorsed player, table-tennis world champion Wang Hao, played in a friendly match with the winning team of 2008-2009 Inter-Primary School Sports Competition for the Hong Kong West District from St. Joseph’s Primary School.
Since 23 June 2009, ANTA Sports has been the official sportswear partner of the COC and is responsible for outfitting the CSD in 11 major international competitions from 2009 through 2012, including the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games and the London 2012 Olympics Games. During the 9-day games from 5 through 13 December, the CSD will be outfitted by ANTA sportswear at victory ceremonies in the EAG.
According to ANTA Sports’ Executive Vice President Mr. Zheng Jie, the sportswear’s designs have incorporated various traditional Chinese elements and used the red and yellow of China’s national flag as their theme colors. Emblazoned across the front of the sportswear are the Chinese characters of China “中國” in calligraphy style and which are actually made up of rows of ventilation holes, while the word “CHINA” adorns the back. Mr. Zheng said, “Calligraphy is the most representative of Chinese artistic forms. Its influence in Asia, particularly East Asia, has been especially profound, and it therefore goes well with the spirit of the EAG. Moreover, we were meticulous in the selection of fabrics and materials for the sportswear. By collaborating with DUPONT, we have been able to further enhance the materials’ ability to resist grease, dirt and water, making them easier to keep clean while enhancing their durability.
Another major international competition in the heels of the EAG is the 2010 Winter Olympic Games (“WOG”), to be held in Vancouver, Canada in February. Apart from being the official outfitter of the CSD, ANTA Sports also announced the endorsement of eight renowned winter sports Chinese athletes on 1 December as part of its marketing campaign surrounding the WOG. The newly endorsed players are China’s first Winter Olympics gold medalist in short track speed skating Yang Yang, world champion freestyle skaters Han Xiaopeng and Li Nina, pair skaters Pang Qing and Tong Jian, and Zhang Hao and Zhang Dan, as well as short track speed skating rising star Zhou Yang. The athletes will star in a WOG television commercial series produced by ANTA Sports.
Product quality is paramount at ANTA Sports. Through continued research and development efforts, ANTA Sports is totally committed to providing athletes and sports lovers with products of advanced technology. The Company’s efforts in R&D have been recognized through the accreditation of its laboratories by the National Development and Reform Commission as “National Enterprise Technology Centre”, making ANTA Sports the first and only sportswear company to have received such accreditation. This is a testament to ANTA Sports’ strength in R&D, and the Company’s successful transition from a labor intensive business to an enterprise with advanced technological prowess. It also highlights how ANTA Sports has lived up to its value as an official partner of the COC, in its pledge to help promote the development of sports through the provision of quality sports apparel and products.
Mr. Ding Shizhong, Chairman and CEO of ANTA Sports, said: “On behalf of ANTA Sports, I would like to wish the Chinese Sports Delegation resounding success in the East Asian Games, and the younger generation of athletes in China and Hong Kong a very bright future. ANTA Sports will continue to strengthen its design and R&D capabilities, so we can provide more quality sportswear and accessories to Chinese athletes in major competitions in the coming years. Going forward, we will continue to live by the spirit of “Keep Moving”, in our drive to help support Chinese athletes and promote the development of sports in China.”
ANTA Sports’ endorsed player Wang Hao, and two models in winning outfit in the “Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games Chinese Sports Delegation Sportswear Show”
ANTA Sports presents to Wang Hao a birthday cake and wishes him “Happy Birthday, Keep Moving”
ANTA Sports’ Executive Vice President Mr. Zheng Jie and the World Champion Wang Hao in conversation, sharing about the road to success
Chinese Olympic Committee Secretary General Mr. Song Luzeng, ANTA Sports’ Chairman and CEO Mr. Ding Shizhong, ANTA Sports’ Chief Operating Officer Mr. Lai Shixian, ANTA Sports’ Executive Vice President Mr. Zheng Jie, ANTA Sports’ Vice President Mr. Zhang Tao, and table tennis team of St. Joseph’s Primary School take a group photo at the end of the event
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About ANTA Sports Products Limited
As one of the leading branded sportswear enterprises in China, ANTA Sports Products Limited primarily designs, develops, manufactures and markets sportswear, including sports footwear, apparel and accessories. The Group has established an extensive distribution network and nation-wide retail outlets throughout China under the management of the distributors. The Group places great emphasis on branding by integrating the resources from sponsorship of sports leagues, placement of advertisements, online interaction with consumers and endorsement of elite athletes with featured products in order to enhance product differentiation. For the past eight years, ANTA’s footwear has been enjoying a leading position in the composite index on market shares in China.
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